Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/5.6, 1/320s, ISO 200
Despite living over 10 years near or in Paris I had never walked around the Père Lachaise Cemetary. I strongly recommend it, it’s quite spectacular, in a low-key an occasionally macabre way.
Peeping Out the Nightclub
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/2.8, 1/60s, ISO 3200
When you shoot street there are sometimes things you discover after the shot that strike you as more significant than what you wanted to shoot in the first place. Such is the case here, I only noticed the guy peering out the top window when processing the shot.
Sham Shui Po Highway
Fuji x100s, 35mm, 1/26s, f/16, ISO 200
About two years ago I came over to Hong Kong (when I was still living in Shanghai) and stayed in a really high up hotel room in Sham Shui Po. The view by day was nothing to write home about, but at night I immediately saw the potential. I did two long exposure shots to capture the light trails, one vertical (Slow Hong Kong) and this one. I really like the contrast between the cold tones of the building lines and the warm tones of the highway.
Quiet Night in CWB
Fuji x-pro2, 65mm, f/5.6, 1/80s, ISO 6400
Iconic night shots of Hong Kong feature these massive and colourful stree signs. In my first weeks here I did a few night outings hunting down these signs. Not easy to find balanced compositions, but I think this one works, the mini-bus balancing the sign.
Under the Eye of Mao
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/5.6, 1/100s, ISO 200
On a daily basis you don’t see much signs of the mainland Chinese control over Hong Kong, at least not on Hong Kong Island. That doesn’t mean it’s not there, of course. But this sign on the opposite side of the road to Time’s Square intrigued me. I think it’s a communist bookstore. Of course this photo was also an opportunity to show umbrellas used to protect from the sun, something that was also common in Shanghai.
St George’s, Bloomsbury
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/5.6, 1/100s, ISO 400
Did I mention I loved columns? Obviously, this is less spectacular than this kind of shot, but the white columns on darker background make for a really interesting composition (I think). I think ideally this photo could have been enhanced with heavy rain, but for once it wasn’t raining in London!
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/5.6, 1/100s, ISO 320
In the last 6 months I have taken to walking a lot. When I was in London I did most of my inner city travels walking, which of course is great for street photography. Somewhere between Shoreditch and Covent Garden I saw this street window that I thought was just great: the old design, the bikes in front, everything. I normally try to have a human subject in my street photos but here I felt the shop window was a character in and of itself.
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/4, 1/100s, ISO 1600
I am often attracted to interesting facades, and of course in order to make the pictures more accessible it’s good to have a subject into the frame beyond the building itself. As a consequence I’m very aware that many of my so-called street shots follow a similar composition. It’s something I’ve just started working on, but man are lines addictive…